Symbol of rooms: They were a mental and physical prison for her from which he couldn’t escape.
- Born: 15 November 1869 Bloomsbury, London
- Died: 24 March 1928 ( she was 58 years old )
- English poet, whose work spans the eras of Victorian poetry and modernism
- Her father died living the family with plenty of debts, two of her siblings suffered of mental illness and three others died in early childhood
- Her poem variate, some are passionate discussions of faith and the possibility of belief in god, other are postmodernist, other in dramatic monologues.
- Read about the writer.
Make notes about her life and about what may have influenced her writings. Why is it said that the life of the writer was a tragedy?
She was an english poet, whose work spans the eras of Victorian poetry and modernism. Her father died living the family with plenty of debts, two of her siblings suffered of mental. Her private life was a tragedy since her sister and she were left alone, without anyone. This is why they say her life was a tragedy.
- Read the poem: how are “rooms” described?
Each room was different. All of them represented a moment of her life, something she passed through. The different sickness of her siblings or memories of her father. When she remembers the rooms she feels different emotions. Some of this rooms are Paris and Geneva, other in which she was sick, and others of trips.
3) “The poem offers us a poignant account of loss as qualified through the depiction of abandoned rooms. Rooms are the physical means to which relationships are developed and consecrated. It entails intimacy and love, as well as abandon and death. It shelters individuals, as well as couples, from the harshness of the natural elements outside, providing them with a private and cosy space. There is also a sense of shifting dependence as the couples travel from room to room, leaving their trails behind and simultaneously having images of the abandoned rooms imprinted upon their memories.”
Account for this with quotation from the poem
“Though every morning we seem to wake and might just as well seem to sleep again”
Referring to the room they died, it talks about the intimacy, passion and love there is in there.
- The poem begins “I remember”. What does this tell you about the voice? And the tone?
The poem begins “I remember” and it shows that the voice of the poem is nostalgic, many emotions and feelings mixed because she visits her rooms.
- What is the theme in your opinion? What is the tone?
In my opinion i believe that some of the themes present in this poem are love, many types and how they affect us.
Essay 1 (500-700 words)
Comment closely on how the writers of “Rooms” and “Home is So Sad” deal with the double meaning of “rooms” in their poems.
Both poem “Rooms” and “Home is So Sad”deal with the abandonment of places by family’s all along the passing of years. This places have different meanings, different stories and different meanings. This two poems have a relation, the tone is similar and the main themes such as love, abandonment, loss too but the two of them with different tragic implications. This “rooms” have double meaning in the poems for a couple of reasons.
To start with, the poem “Rooms” by Charlotte Mew deals with the abandonment of places by a family. The writer distinguish relations into different rooms reflecting the role they had on her life. This rooms represented moments of her life and every time she entered one of those rooms memories came to her head, and sometimes she remembered bad moments as the sickness of her siblings, but either way she felt a lot of emotions and feelings.
At the first part of the poem, she refers to “rooms” like Paris and Geneva. “The room in Paris, the room at Geneva”. She makes memories of the trips she did with her family and it was something good, since her life at that moment was not complicated and tragic, it was more normal. “Rooms where for good or for ill, things died”, the author is making a suggestion that those rooms were good depending on what had happened before. She was committed to one specific room “but there is the room where we (two) lie dead”, in this one she was with her lover, it was full of passion and she couldn’t let him and it go. She felt she was tied up to it and she was not dispuesta to leave it.
Moreover, the poem “Home is So Sad” by Philip Larkin deals with love, loss and abandonment of places as in the poem “Rooms”. The author claims that a home was abandoned by one family, he explains the sadness that the home has passed through and now the home cannot accept that it’s just an old building with no life inside. “Sad”, it reflects the feeling of the unoccupied house and makes it all more melodramatic. “It stays as it was left”, meaning that the place is frozen in time, people left and it has not been touched since then, people left and later came back but it was still the exact same place. “You can see how it was “, now is just a simple memory that it doesn’t make any effect, an abandoned place, a shadow from the past. “That vase”, it makes references to something old that it has been there for a long time, a valious object that has a symbol because it holds good old memories.
In conclusion, there are two double meanings for “rooms”. The literal one, the different rooms all along the passing of years and the metaphorical meaning of room that was more nostalgic, about memories from each one of them. Thus two poem can connect because of the “rooms” present in both.